Updated 8 Aug 20178

Club Open Print Competitions

Requires mounted colour and / or monochrome prints covering any subject / genre of your choice. To score well, the Judge will be looking for an excellent technical presentation, a pleasing composition and a subject that evokes some emotional response.

  • Maximum of three prints per member per competition
  • Images must not be older than 4 years from the time of capture
  • Images must not be used in any Club Open Projected Image competitions
  • Prints must not be less than 9″ on the longest side
  • All prints must be mounted with photographer’s name and image title on the back of the mount at the top
  • The maximum mount size is or 20” x 16” (400 x 500 mm)

Club Open Projected Digital Image Competitions

Requires colour and / or monochrome digital images suitable for projection covering any subject / genre. To score well, the Judge will be looking for an excellent technical presentation, a pleasing composition and a subject that evokes some emotional response.

  • Maximum of three images per member per competition
  • Images must not be older than 4 years from the time of capture
  • Images must not be used in any Club Open Print competitions
  • Images must be saved in jpeg format with a maximum size 1600 pixels wide x 1200 pixels high using the sRGB Colour Space
  • Save file name as “Photographer’s name_Image Title” (e.g. Bob Jones_Windmill.jpg)

Print of the Year

Requires mounted colour and / or monochrome prints covering any subject / genre. To score well, the Judge will be looking for an excellent technical presentation, a pleasing composition and a subject that evokes some emotional response.

  • Same rules / criteria for Club Print Competitions above
  • Prints may have been previously used in a Club Open Print Competition, in a Club Open Projected Image Competition or be a new submission. Prints must not have been used in a previous Print of the Year Competition
  • Images used in a Print of the Year Competition must not be used in a Projected Image of the Year Competition

Projected Image of the Year

Requires colour and / or monochrome digital images suitable for projection covering any subject / genre. To score well, the Judge will be looking for an excellent technical presentation, a pleasing composition and a subject that evokes some emotional response.

  • Same rules / criteria for Club Projected Digital Image Competitions above
  • Images may have been used previously in a Club Open Projected Image Competition, in a Club Open Print Competition or be a new submission. Images must not have been used in a previous Projected Image of the Year Competition
  • Images used in a Projected Image of the Year Competition must not be used in a Print of the Year Competition

Panel Print Competition

Requires a panel of 5 prints (which may be colour, monochrome or a mixture of both) covering any subject / theme / genre of your choice. To score well, the Judge will be looking for a good  choice of theme, excellent technical presentation of all  5 prints and a pleasing presentation / arrangement of the prints within the panel such that the panel holds together well as an entity in its own right. Panels that evoke some emotional response or are highly original also tend to score well.

  • The 5 prints can be of differing or same size, of any shape and must be less than 4 years old
  • All 5 prints must fit on a 60cm x 40cm plain mount board of any solid colour (no surface image)
  • Any image used in a panel may also be used in any other Club Competition should the author choose
  • A title, but not the photographer’s name, may be added on the front of the board in any size. The Photographer’s name and image title must be on the back of the mount
  • Advisory only – panels may work better if the prints are the same size between 16 sq ins (e.g. 4 x 4 ins) to 37.5 sq ins (e.g. 7.5 x 5 ins). Prints of 7.5 x 5 ins have been mostly used in the past

The choice of theme can be extremely varied and, in the past, high scoring panels have featured the following:

  • Head to Head – photos of wild animals in pairs, all with their heads touching through combat or grooming
  • Faded Blooms – a collection of flower photos having the same faded, water colour effect
  • The Old Shed – a photo of an old farm shed accompanied by close-ups of some of its features
  • Strata – photos of some colourful, highly textured rock strata
  • Body Parts – simulated / edited photos of human body-parts presented in everyday food packaging
  • Lest We Forget – monochrome photos of war memorials all with a different feature highlighted in red
  • Thames Regatta – photos of boats in the Thames Regatta presented as simulated stamps
  • Another Year – photos of the same tree in a landscape throughout the seasons of a year
  • Lest We Forget – sepia photos of European war sites
  • Cambridge – monochrome photos of Cambridge at night
  • Royston, A Town of Two Halves – photos of Royston Town at day and night split in half and joined at the middle
  • The Beauty of Decay – photos of decayed and rusted light switches in a derelict building
  • What Lies Beneath – photos of different beach objects at low tide
  • Look Through Any Window – photos of scenes looking at or through different windows

These panels can be seen in the current / archived competition pages on this website.

 Points of View

The Points of View competition is always organised by the Winner of the previous years’ competition. The Organiser will decide both the venue and the date that the competition takes place. The Organiser will also define for participants the subjects  to be photographed with one image per subject being submitted for judging. Previous competitions have been:

  • Five photos each featuring water, wood, reeds, berries and the influence of man taken at the Fowlmere Wildlife Reserve over a specific Fri – Sun.
  • Five photos each featuring kinetic energy, potential energy, heat, cold and sound taken in Cambridge City over a specific Fri – Sun
  • Five photos each featuring reflections, living things, movement, texture and colour taken at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton on a specific organised visit

Points of View rules

  • In this competition only, image manipulation must be kept to a minimum
  • Images may be taken as jpgs or RAW
  • All adjustments made must apply to the entire image and must not be applied to a part of the image and can include:
    • Cropping
    • Levels and/or Curves (equivalent to Highlights/Shadows, Contrast etc.)
    • Sharpening
    • Clarity
    • The following image adjustments are not allowed:
      • Black and white conversions
      • Selective colouring
      • Cloning (or any adding or removing objects not in the original file)
      • Selective dodging and burning
      • Images are submitted to the Competition Organiser using the criteria used for Projected Image Competitions

Pairs Trophy

In this competition, each pair will arrange one or more occasions to take photographs and do image post processing together

  • Each pair will submit 4 images into an Open PDI competition to be held during Jan-Mar
  • The 4 images will comprise of 2 images originating from the camera of each member of the Pair
  • Normal PDI rules for submissions will apply
  • The Pair with the highest total score will win the Pairs Trophy

Submissions to all competitions

  • All prints must be handed in to the Competition Secretary at least one week before the competition
  • ‘Print of the Year’ and ‘Panel Print’ submissions will be brought on the night of the competition
  • All Projected images to be emailed to the Club Projectionist, David Stocks, at mpc-competitions@outlook.com or can be supplied on a USB memory stick clearly labelled with the photographer’s name to the time-frame defined for each competition (usually by midnight on the Saturday preceding the competition)